Gabby Agbonlahor still didn’t forget what Roberto did to Petrov on his comeback and he says he will hate him for the rest of his life.
In 2012 Villa players and fans were shocked to get the news of Petrov being diagnosed from acute Leukemia. At that time Villa’s all-time leading Premier League goal scorer Gabby and Petrov were team mates. They played alongside each other for many years and under many managers.
In 2016 Petrov decided to come back and play for Villa after fighting with Leukemia. He took part in training sessions at Bodymoor Heath under new manager Roberto Di Matteo. He also took part in Villa’s pre-season friendly schedule.
But after all this Roberto opposed to give him contract which was shocking for many fans and his teammates including Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking to ThreeSixtyTV Gabby said, “I’ll hate him for the rest of my life for that. Any other manager with a single bit of heart would have given him a pay-as-you-play [contract].”
“There’s a month, or there’s six months, let’s see how you are. To be so ruthless and heartless to not even give him a chance, you know what I mean?”
“Imagine you come back from that horrific disease, you’ve got yourself fit, you’ve lost all this weight that you’ve put on through your treatment.”
“You’ve come back, you’ve done every run that the 19-year-olds have done in pre-season and you can’t give me anything? Do you know what I mean?”
“I just said to Di Matteo: ‘What are you doing? How can you not…”
“Even to this day, words can’t describe him. If I ever see Di Matteo, I’ll tell him: ‘You’re a waste-man for not giving him something.'”